bookmark_borderWays to Diagnose Crohn’s Disease

While you may have some of the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease, you need to be checked out by your doctor or a gastroenterologist to see if that is indeed the case. If your doctor thinks that you may have Crohn’s Disease you will likely undergo a series of tests to see if you do have the condition.

Some of the tests that your doctor may give you include a blood test checking for anaemia, elevated white blood cells as this can indicate an inflammatory condition, infection or possibly Crohn’s Disease. They will also check the platelet count, when this above normal it can also indicate infection or active inflammation.

Your doctor may also get you to do a non invasive stool test which will be sent to the laboratory for testing. This can tell if you have a bacterial infection and also help determine if you have Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.

Another test that your doctor may want you to do is an endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin, flexible lighted tube that is connected to a video monitor and a computer. An endoscopy is performed by inserting an endoscope in to the rectum or mouth. This provides your doctor with a very detailed view of the intestinal tract. When having the procedure small biopsies will probably be taken for further examination. This can provide more information and help in the diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease.

There are several other tests that your doctor can use to determine if you have Crohn’s Disease, when the tests above do not provide enough information or aren’t conclusive enough. Once you have been diagnosed you can start to do something about it.

Dealing with any health problem can be an emotional and stressful time. With the right information and help you can make sure Crohn’s Disease doesn’t have a negative effect on your life long term. Once you know you have Crohn’s there are several things that you can do to help yourself using natural therapies, supplements, lifestyle changes, diet, exercise and stress management.

bookmark_borderAbout Commercializing Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell based therapies have the potential to treat numerous disorders, especially blood and immune related disorders. A wide range of these therapies including allogenic cell therapies, autologous therapies, and mesenchymal these therapies has shown a major breakthrough for curing many medical conditions such as sclerosis, spinal cord injury, diabetes and strokes in the clinical trials. More recently, we have the boon of induced pluripotent stem cells, having the same characteristic as adult embryonic stem cells that can be cultured to produce embryonic stem cells. These cells are important for another key reason- tissue engineering.

Over the last few decades, cell therapies have received medical and commercial successes for emerging as a novel therapeutic option for many cellular dysfunctional diseases. If data are to be believed, the global market of stem cell therapy had touched an average of $410 million revenues by 2009, and the market was expected to grow double and reached a total of 100 million people in the US.

And due to its numerous medical benefits, medical companies and research institutes want to bring its clinical applications from bench to bedside.

Although open to many controversies and debate, we have enough evidence to prove that therapy is indeed an effective therapeutic application to address a range of diseases, including cosmetic procedures like hair regrowth, skin redefining and etc.

In addition to this, the growing number of cell based clinical trails hold true to the potential for stem cell efficacies and its applications. A recent study as of June 2010 highlighted the capabilities of cell therapies through 2000 (approx.) clinical studies on biomedical research.

While the manipulation of embryonic cells is limited and controversial, a greater chance to develop engineered tissues from iPSC is viable for the medical interventions in serious conditions. And this is the underlying reason, why public and society demand for more clinical trials of stem cell based therapies and their applications in the medical fields.

Hence, it is important to commercialize the use of stem cells for rapid development of biomedical research, and improve public health through awareness. Some important aspects of the commercialization of stem cell therapy are as follows as below.

  1. Commercialization aids the development of novel technologies and intellectual property for certain stem cell research, augmenting their value in the therapeutic market.
  2. It aims at stimulating economic growth as well as improving the public health.
  3. It advocates for grants or funds to be used in the clinical research to generate more commercially viable services and products in the market.
  4. It is indeed important for the translation of public knowledge.

bookmark_borderAbout Children and Chiropractic

A child has many physical stresses to deal with during their growing years and problems in children’s spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth. The cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, torticollis (wry neck,) sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections may often be traced to irritation to the nervous system caused by spinal and cranial misalignments/subluxations.

The first thing a chiropractor will do is to conduct a thorough history of your child’s health and any complaints, which is followed by a complete physical examination of the child’s spine. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate pediatric spinals, using gentle, specific skills to find and treat any problems in the spinal areas.

Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light fingertip pressure to correct spinal misalignments/ subluxations. This amount of force is usually sufficient to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become seized and are causing interference to the normal function of the nervous system.

A child’s spine will generally respond much faster than an adult to chiropractic care and will often require only a few adjustments to restore normal function. The actual number of adjustments, however, will vary depending on many factors such as the length of time the problem has been present.

Unless a child has an obvious problem it can be difficult for a parent to recognize when a child’s spine is not working correctly. There are some signs, however, which can indicate spinal problems.

Regular chiropractic check-ups can identify potential spinal dysfunction resulting from a specific trauma or daily activities of living and help to avoid many of the back and health complaints seen later as adults. It is important to remember that during the first 2 years of life, your child will have, on average, 1500 falls! Most parents’ reaction is to dust off their child and send them on their way. Regular chiropractic care can ensure these traumas do not turn into future problems.

Children are born with their spine in the shape of a “C” or just one big curve. If nothing else, it is important to have your child checked at 5 important points in their development.

  • After the birth. Just getting born is one of the most traumatic experiences your bodies will ever go through. Many many times, the child’s head and neck are twisted and manhandled in an effort to help them come into this world. Please do not think your child isn’t affected by this if you had a C-section. C-sections can have many unwanted side effects for the child and the mother.
  • When he/she can hold their head up while on their belly. This is when the forward curve in the cervical spine (neck) begins to develop.
  • When he/she begins to crawl. This is when the child’s integration between the right and left side of their brains is developing.
  • When he/she begins to sit up. This is when the forward curve in the lumbar spine (low back) begins to develop.
  • When he/she begins to stand and walk. An important time for continued neural integration and, did we mention the falls?

Family Chiropractic Plus, St Petersburg, FL utilizes holistic and non-invasive methods of treatments to help our patients maintain the highest possible level of health including a strong, functioning nervous system. Our skilled chiropractor and dedicated team will assess your overall health, lifestyle and environment. Working together we can find natural, holistic, and reasonably priced treatments for your individual condition.

bookmark_borderWorkplace Lighting and Health

Cool white fluorescent lights cause eyestrain, headaches, fatigue and many other problems. Full spectrum lights give you a comfortable light a light that your eyes were designed for. Under full spectrum light you will have much better depth of field, see vivid colors, have little or no glare on your computer screen.

Research has been done on school children in classrooms with cool white lights and classrooms with full spectrum lights the teachers were aware of the study which took time lapse photos of the children at random intervals. The children in the cool white class demonstrated hyperactivity, fatigue, irritability and attention deficits. The children in the full spectrum classroom within 1 month, behavior and classroom performance as well as overall academic achievement improved markedly. Furthermore several learning disabled children with extreme hyperactivity problems, miraculously calmed down and seemed to overcome some of their learning and reading problems while in the classroom.

A study was done in Germany with cool white vs. full spectrum fluorescent lights and they checked for changes in the endocrine system, they found that the cool white individuals had stress like levels of ACTH and cortisol ( the stress hormones ) these changes did not happen under the full spectrum lights. Based on this research and that of others Germany banned cool white fluorescent lights in hospitals and medical facilities.

Sunlight striking the skin initiates a series of reactions in the body leading to the production of vitamin D a necessary ingredient for the absorption of calcium and other minerals from the diet.

Residents of nursing homes that can not get outside should have access to full spectrum lighting.

Dr. John Ott the father of time lapse photography did quite a bit of research on light and he found that every nutritional substance and medicine has a specific wavelength absorption if those wavelengths are missing in the artificial light then the nutritional or other benefits of the substance will not be utilized.

If you find yourself going from home to work and back home again, it might be time to do your body a favor and add some full spectrum lighting into the mix of lights in your home and office, your body will thank you.

bookmark_borderExtended Wear Contact Lens

Before even wondering if they were safe for me I would consider if they were more expensive than regular contact lenses. I was surprised when I found out that they are not that much more expensive. They are cheaper than daily disposable contacts and are not that much more expensive than weekly or monthly disposable contacts. In fact, in the long run extended contacts may even save you money because you will not have to buy contact solution.

Now that we know that they are not that much more expensive and you may actually save money in the long run, lets look at the safety of them.

Contact lenses that are worn daily are required to be taken out at night, but why? The reason you must take the lens out is because the lens blocks the flow of oxygen to your cornea so your eyes need a break from the lens. This is a problem that contact lens manufacturers have been trying to fix so that contact wearers do not have to have the problem of dealing with removing and inserting their contacts daily.

Thanks to modern technology contact lenses are now able to allow through about six times as much oxygen and the original contact lenses. Extended contact lenses are now made of extra-permeable silicone hydrogel materials which allows the contacts to let enough oxygen in that it is no longer a problem for you to wear the contacts for several days in a row.

What does that mean though? It means that these new extended contact lenses are safe to wear as long as you follow your doctor’s instructions. The only problem is because you do not clean them every day particles of dust can build up on them, so follow the following rules:

  • Avoid dusty rooms and cigarette smoke.
  • Keep water out of your eyes when you shower and wear goggles when swimming.
  • Wear the contact lenses only for the time they are meant to be worn. This means only wear extended contact lenses meant for a week only for one week and those meant for 30 days only for 30 days.

If you do not like to remove, clean, and insert your contact lenses every day and night then you should consider extended wear contact lenses which are safe to wear provided you listen to what your doctor says.

bookmark_borderGetting Endometriosis Diagnosed

In addition to physical examinations, doctors have a variety of tests at their disposal to render a diagnosis of endometriosis. Imaging tests rely on the use of complicated machines that can actually create visual representations of what is going on inside the human body. In addition to letting doctors know what is going on, imaging tests can also pinpoint cysts and other abnormalities that may exist in the uterus. There are two commonly used imaging tests: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.

When you get an MRI you are usually placed inside a machine, although newer technologies for a less claustrophobic experience are becoming more common. An MRI renders a three-dimensional image of a designated area of the human body. Using magnetic fields an MRI can provide a doctor with a superbly detailed image.

Ultrasound is another form of imaging used to diagnose endometriosis. This imaging technique has been used most often to observe the unborn fetus in the womb. However, there are other uses for ultrasound. Using soundwaves, this imaging device can also provide doctors with a clear picture of what is going on.

Biochemical markers are another excellent method that doctors and medical professionals can use to find out if endometriosis is present. Through research, it has been discovered that there are certain chemicals in the blood of women that have developed endometriosis that are not found in the same concentration in women without the condition. Researchers have developed tests that look for a specific antigen and a specific protein, which can often lead the way to a successful diagnosis. This is the least costly test other than a physical examination, and takes the least amount of time – all it requires is a small sample of blood to analyze.

Laparoscopy is another way to diagnose if a woman has developed endometriosis. This test is conducted by creating a small incision into the pelvic region. A tiny camera is then fed into the hole and doctors can watch the findings on a computer monitor. On the tip of the camera there is an equally tiny apparatus for collecting tissue. A tissue sample can be obtained in this way and analyzed to see if endometriosis has developed.

The only way to find out which test may be appropriate for you is to consult your doctor. These tests are highly effective in helping doctors to determine whether endometriosis is the correct diagnosis or whether there is another cause for the symptoms. Before undergoing any of these tests it is a good idea that you familiarize yourself with each one of them. It is important to understand what you are getting into before you undergo any medical procedure.


People who are shortsighted (myopes) can not compensate for their defect by focusing.

What is myopia (Shortsightedness)? People with this condition can not see distant objects clearly. Approximately 15% of the population has myopia so therefore it is a common condition.

As the myopic eye tends to be longer than usual the light is focused in front of the retina (film of the eye). So the distant image is blurred.

Some tips for determining whether your child might be shortsighted signs include:

  • screwing up eyes to see distance objects
  • difficulty reading the blackboard
  • poor posture while reading

There is no cure for myopia as yet, though glasses, contact lenses or laser surgery can improve peoples distance vision. Myopia can not be prevented but in some instances treatment can be provided to stop or slow its progress.

bookmark_borderConsidered Monovision

The idea of monovision is to correct one eye for the distance vision and the other for close-up vision. In cases where distance vision needs no correcting, just the near-vision eye would be corrected.

Eye doctors started doing this with contact lenses. They made one lens to correct distance vision and the other to correct near vision. When LASIK surgery came along in the late 1990s, some people chose to have one eye corrected for distance and the other for close-up work.
This means that the two eyes don’t work together any more. As you can imagine, this takes some getting used to, but it can be done.

A related experiment was done in the late nineteenth century by George Stratton. He wore special glasses which turned everything upside down, so that he saw the floor where the ceiling would normally be, and vice versa, and all objects correspondingly upside down.
He found that it only took about 3 days to adjust, so that things looked normal again. In other words, things didn’t look upside down, but looked just as they normally do.
Then he took the glasses off and found everything looked upside down again. So again it took him a few days to re-learn and restore his normal vision.

With monovision, one eye is the distance eye and the other is the reading eye. We can learn to automatically use just one eye, the appropriate one for what is being focused on.
The adjustment period is several weeks. Most people who have it done are pleased with the result. Now they can see near and far without any contacts or glasses.
It’s a good idea to try monovision with contact lenses first, to see how well you can adjust to it, and many people do this.
Disadvantages of monovision

  • A slight loss of depth of perception
  • A slight loss of peripheral vision
  • If you need to see extra clearly at certain times, such as for night driving or long sessions with reading or computer work, you might want some reading glasses for those occasions, but will not need them for routine tasks

Advantages of monovision

  • You’ll need no glasses or contact lenses most of the time, perhaps ever
  • You can legally drive without any vision correction
  • The cost is lower than that of LASIK or other laser procedures
  • It can be undone

If you have it done and decide you don’t like it, you can have it undone, and your “near” eye corrected for distance. Then your 2 eyes will be working together again but you’ll need to wea reading glasses.

bookmark_borderBetter Eyesight

Don’t read for extended periods in poor light. Nature, or outside solar light, gives us about 10,000 watts of light. Inside lighting is very dim in comparison, about 150-200 watts at best. Most people read with 60-100 watt bulbs or less, and strain their eyes. If you have trouble reading in dim light, your eyes will strain and weaken even more.

It’s best to read in daylight, with the sun or outdoor light coming through the window onto your reading or working material. Or better yet, do your reading or close work outdoors! At night, shine a bright bulb – 150-200 watts – onto your reading material to make it clear, and lessen eye strain. Adjust the light so it does not cause glare on the page. Even better, use a FULL SPECTRUM LIGHT BULB. If you don’t know where to get these from, do a Google search for ‘full spectrum lighting’ to find a supplier near you, or one that will ship to you. Keep a Good Posture Whilst Reading. Poor posture while reading is a major cause of weakened and fatigued eyesight.
Avoid slumping or hanging or craning your head down while reading. Sit comfortably erect.

A slumped head position causes gravity to pull down on the eyeballs, placing strain on the eye muscles, which have to hold the eyes back in the sockets.

Holding this ‘neck-bent downward’ position causes lengthening/flattening of your eyeball, resulting in myopia or nearsightedness.

Hold your book or reading material parallel, about twenty inches from your eyes. Holding the print too close to your eyes is also a major cause of myopia.

Don’t Read for more than 30 minutes at one time. 30 minutes is about the maximum time most people’s untrained eyes can handle without strain or fatigue.

Read for a bit, then get up and walk around, stretch or go outside for a breath of fresh air.

Look into the distance. Take a deep breath, bend over and rub your face, forehead and around the eyes, exhale and stand up straight. Inhale again and bend backward, then to each side, and exhale and relax your gaze. Close your eyes and place your palms over your eye sockets and do some
palming (see the next chapter)

Avoid Straining. Strain is the major cause of bad eyesight. Straining to “see” any object, far or near, which you are unable to see clearly, places a heavy strain on the eye muscles. It’s just like trying to lift a heavy weight that your body is not conditioned to cope with, it will strain and damage your tendons and muscles.

Other ways to strain your eyes include – long exposure to cold wind directly into the eyes, bright artificial lights, (especially fluorescent lights), watching too much television and staring too long at a computer screen (my favorite!) Look up regularly and gaze into the distance. This is probably the most important eye habit you can practice while reading, doing any close work or watching television.

This exercise keeps the eye muscles flexible and stops them from getting into a frozen position.

Simply look UP from your close-work every five minutes and gaze (focus) at a distant object for five seconds. This exercise prevents eye-muscle cramping and also relaxes the eye muscles. During close work, the Eye Muscles contract to properly focus the lens. These muscles kept in constant contraction for long periods, tend to get cramped, just like your arm muscles would do if you held a barbell in a fully flexed arm curl position for several minutes. This was the hardest one for me, as I do a lot of computer work, and often, I get so involved with what I’m doing, I totally forget to look away. Sometimes, hours will pass before I realize I haven’t looked up from the screen even once! To force myself to do this, I found a simple, free software program which I installed on my computer – it’s called Break Reminder, and every 6 minutes, is locks me out of the computer and turns the screen black for a few seconds.

At first, it really irritated me, as it always seemed to happen when I was in the middle of something really intense, but after a while, I got used to it and now I never forget to look up every 6 minutes to relax my eyes! Avoid Close Work During and After Meals. Dr. Sasaki, a Japanese Eyesight Specialist states that you can add twenty years to your life if you don’t read while eating, and go outdoors after meals for at least 30 to 60 minutes. I don’t know if he’s right about that, but it’s kind of obvious that if your stomach is pulling all your bodies energy and blood supply to digest a meal, your eyes are better to be rested at this time, and not working flat out! You wouldn’t go to the gym, minutes after eating a meal, so it makes sense not to ‘send your eyes to the gym’ either, by forcing them to work hard, during or just after eating!

Avoid ‘Squinting’. Learn to see without muscular effort. The eyes naturally ‘squint’ in bright light, snow or water reflection. Other than that, squinting to read or see an object only weakens your byesight. Avoid squinting by consciously relaxing the eye brows. Special Reading Technique to Improve Vision. This one’s a bonus… I found this awesome technique recently. It takes a while to get used to it, but it really helps your eyes and makes reading much easier… … “When reading, you should look at the white spaces between the lines and not directly at the lines themselves. The reason for this is that there is no effort involved in sweeping your eyes over a plain white background. Fixing the eyes on individual words and letters involves strain, and strain hurts your vision. When a person with normal sight regards the white spaces with a sweeping shift across the page from margin to margin, he can read easily, rapidly and without fatigue. If the same person looks at the letters, the eyes grow tired and the vision becomes poor. People who cannot read well at the near point always tend to fix their attention on the print. Consequently they see worse. Improvement cannot take place until they learn to look at the white spaces between the lines.

bookmark_borderDaily Wear Contact Lenses

Various Types of Daily Wear Contacts

Daily wear contacts are available in various replacement schedules. First of all there are daily disposable lenses that you can throw away every single day. You don’t have to ever save these lenses, which can be easy for some people. Another type of disposable contact lens is the ones that you can just throw away after wearing them for a week. You still have to worry about storing them, but you use a new pair each week. The last style of these innovative contact lenses are the ones that you can wear for an entire month or longer before you throw them away.

Disadvantages of Daily Wear Contact Lenses

There are several different disadvantages to wearing these daily wear lenses. One disadvantage is that they tend to rip quite easily. If your contact rips, you should never put them back in your eye, since this can damage your eye. Also, you will find that these lenses are a bit more expensive than lenses that will last for a long time. Some people find the price prohibitive, while others are willing to spend the money for the convenience. Another disadvantage is that if you don’t dispose them on time, they can start to cause problems for your eyes.

Advantages of Daily Wear Lenses

There are also a variety of advantages to wearing this type of contact lenses as well. First of all they are great for your eyes. The let more oxygen get to your eyes, which makes your eyes feel better while you are wearing them. Also, these types of contacts are made out of materials that are lighter, so they are more comfortable for your eyes and they won’t cause irritation either. There are also a variety of colors available too, so you can get a great color for your eyes and enhance your look.

Although there are both disadvantages and advantages to daily wear contact lenses, most people find that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Many people find them comfortable and convenient, which is why so many people have decided to choose these types of contacts for daily wear.